Hong Kong Museums and Galleries
Hong Kong Attractions
Hong Kong has a multitude of museums and galleries with different themes, focused on such eclectic interests as film, horse racing, space and cultural heritage. There is bound to be at least one that takes your fancy! Some museums are better than others (The Hong Kong Museum of History is our personal favourite), but the government have injected massive amounts of money to ensure that all the museums and galleries in Hong Kong are world class. Artifacts and exhibitions are enhanced with the latest advancements in audio and interactive technology, usually with detailed explanations in English and Chinese.
Scattered across Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories, these museums are a wonderful source of information on culture and natural history, art, science and technology. Here is a selection of some of Hong Kong's best…
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Hong Kong’s Asia-World Arena is the premier live performance venue in the city, and with a standing and seating capacity of 16,000, it is the largest entertainment venue of its type. Located next to Hong Kong International Airport on Lantau Island, it hosts the vast majority of international music concerts – from Maroon 5 to Kylie Minogue – along with Broadway musicals, K1 martial arts tournaments, dance competitions and numerous trade fairs throughout the year. Read More...
- Address: Cheong Wing Rd, Chek Lap Kok, Lantau Island
- Tel: +852 3606 8828
The Hong Kong Cultural Centre hosts a regular bill of performances, including music concerts, European and Chinese opera, ballet and theatre. World-famous artists visiting Hong Kong will likely play here so it’s worth checking which performances are coming up before you visit. Inside there is a main concert hall, two theatres, and an exhibition gallery. Some smaller performances are also free to enter, especially in the afternoon. Read More...
- Address: Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
- Tel: +852 2734 2009
Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre
This is a cultural museum for fans of history, providing detailed information about Hong Kong, with exhibits looking at the changing face of transport, work and prehistoric artefacts found on archaeological digs. To accompany the exhibits there are documentaries and models. Located in Kowloon Park, visitors can have a walk around the green expanse before or after a tour through Hong Kong’s history and culture. The museum is walking distance from MTR Tsim Sha Tsui. Entry is free.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 18:00
- Location: Kowloon Park, Haiphong Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
- Address: +852 2208 4400
Hong Kong Heritage Museum is a museum that combines the culture, art and history of Hong Kong. Even the modern history of Hong Kong is less than 100 years old, the mixture of Chinese and Western culture make it a unique place.
The museum is located in Taiwan, Shatin. It is government funded and managed by the Leisure and Cultural Service Department and was opened in December 2000. There are three other smaller branches of the Heritage Museum in Hong Kong Railway Museum (Tai Po), Sam Tung Uk Museum (Tsuen Wan) and Sheung Yiu Folk Museum. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon, Wed - Fri 10:00 – 18:00; Sat - Sun and public holidays 10:00 – 19:00
- Remarks: Che Kung Temple is another attraction nearby Hong Kong Heritage Museum
- Address: 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin, Hong Kong.
- Tel: +852 2180 8188
- Price Range: Free Admission on Wednesday. Tourist passes include admission fees for all government museums in Hong Kong
- How to get there: Take MTR east rail line to Taiwai station or Ma On Shun line to Che Kung Miu station
This cultural attraction connected to Central Ferry Pier might not look much from the outside, but hidden within is a fascinating catalogue of the maritime history of Hong Kong with a wealth of information. The entire museum was renovated in 2013 so the exhibits feel fresh and informative, with sections ranging from the days of primitive fishing in the Pearl Delta, through the days of piracy in the seventeenth century, right up to the modern ports of today. Hong Kong Maritime Museum is open from 09:30 to 17:30 on weekdays and 10:00 to 19:00 on weekends and public holidays. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:30 - 17:30
- Location: Central Ferry Pier, Central, Hong Kong
- Address: +852 3713 2500
The Hong Kong Museum of Art is set to reopen in 2018 following a three-year, HK$930 million renovation. The massive undertaking of refurbishments is set to completely update the prominent venue and allow the latest audio and visual technology to complement the excellent art collections housed here.
Collections range from antique Chinese art, including sculpture, painting and calligraphy, right through to modern pieces from local and international artists. Entrance previously cost HK$10, and it is worth noting that the Hong Kong Museum of Art used to offer free entry every Wednesday. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 18:00 weekdays; 10:00 - 19:00 weekends (Due to reopen in 2018)
- Address: 10 Salisbury Rd, Kowloon
- Tel: +852 2721 0116
The Hong Kong Museum of History is one of the finest cultural venues in the city and gives visitors a fascinating insight into the city-state, from its cave painting origins when it was settled as long as 400 million years ago, right up to its handover from British to Chinese rule. For HK$10, this museum is incredibly informative and we highly recommend visiting at the beginning of your trip as it will enrich everything you see and experience for the remainder of your time here. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00 weekdays; 10:00-19:00 weekends and public holidays
- Address: 100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon
- Tel: +852 2724 9042
- Price Range: HK$10 for adults; HK$5 for concessions (free on Wednesdays)
Hong Kong Railway Museum
Opened in 1985, the museum, formerly the Tai Po Market Railway Station, displays passenger carriage models and locomotives from around the world. The main building, built in 1913, is of indigenous Chinese architectural style, with many small figures decorating the exterior, such as are commonly found in existing old southern Chinese temples. It features a waiting hall and ticket office as well as many vintage photos of this area during the station’s construction.
- Location: Tai Po Town, northeast New Territories
The Hong Kong Science Museum is a great example of a modern, interactive museum that is educational, enlightening and a lot of fun for all ages. As you enter you will see the impressive sight of a full size DC3 aeroplane suspended from the ceiling but inside are plenty more ways to impress visitors. Lie on a bed of pins, see how renewable energy can charge your phone or see how our lives could be transformed by recycling plastics. There is a total of 18 different sections or galleries to discover and the vast majority of the museum is very ‘hands on’. You can even play a giant game of mouse trap! Dusty display cabinets and longwinded lectures have been thrown away and in its place are live demonstrations, experiments and computer exhibits which you can play and interact with. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 - 18:00
- Address: 2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon
- Tel: +852 2732 3232
- Price Range: HK$25 for adults, HK$12.50
Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb Museum
This museum is located on Tonkin Street, a short walk from the Cheung Sha Wan MTR Station. The Museum is composed of an Eastern Han dynasty brick tomb and an exhibition gallery. The tomb was only discovered in 1955. According to the structure, calligraphy and content of the inscriptions on tomb bricks, it is believed that it was built in the Eastern Han dynasty (25 - 220 AD). The tomb was declared as a monument in 1988. Though the actual tomb is closed to public for conservation reasons, visitors can still glimpse the interior through the glass panel at the Entrance Passage. Entrance is free and will take around 20 minutes to walk through this modest museum.
- Address: 41 Tonkin Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon
- Tel: +852 2386 2863
The Hong Kong branch of Madame Tussauds is located at the Peak, Hong Kong. It is part of the well-known international wax museum chain founded by Marie Tussaud and was the first branch to open in Asia.
With a mixture of local and international celebrities wax figures, it attracts tourists from all over the world. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon – Sun & Public Holidays 10:00 - 22:00
- Remarks: Due to its popularity there is long line at the entrance. Inside the museum it can get pretty crowded too. The tour will take 1~2 hours.
- Address: Shop P101, The Peak Tower No. 128 Peak Road, The Peak, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2849 6966
- How to get there: Take the cable tram from Admiralty. Or take bus #15 at Exchange Square, Central
PMQ is a creative venture in downtown Hong Kong combining a cool market vibe with a multi-function art and design space. Specifically, this multi-storey block of small boutiques brings together the best creatives and artisans working in Hong Kong today, with the added benefit of pop-up markets on weekends featuring live music, craft beer and a vibrant, fun-loving atmosphere.
PMQ Hong Kong is the place to find clothes, fashion jewellery, homeware and stylish arts and crafts of all kinds. On our last visit we found some gorgeous modernist lamps, bought too many pairs of funky footwear from a local shoemaker and had our fill of some German bratwurst sausages and French style pastries. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 07:00 - 23:00
- Address: 35 Aberdeen Street Central
- Tel: +852 2811 9098
- Price Range: Free
Sam Tung Uk Museum
This Hakka walled village was built in the 18th century by the Chan Clan and was restored in 1981. The village once housed as many as 300 Chan family members. Sam Tung Uk museum is made up of houses with traditional furniture, kitchens and lavatories.
- Opening Hours: Mon, Wed - Sun 10:00 - 18:00
- MRT: Tsuen Wan
- Address: 2 Kwu Uk Lane, Tsuen Wan, New Territories, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2411 2001